Making Politics Cool, October 12, 2004
Reviewer: JL Pagano from Dublin, Ireland
If you have been put off watching The West Wing in the past for reasons like "Ah, I think politics is boring" or "Ah, it's an American network drama so it must be predictable" or anything along those lines, I challenge you to watch just ONE episode. ANY episode. Then tell me your head is not filled with enough questions to go back and watch from Series 1, Episode 1. For this is pretty much what happened to me!
The dialogue is intellectual and extremely pacy. Bodies are moving everywhere in every direction with what must be precision timing. And this is before I mention what can only be described as heroic antics by the cameramen who are often forced to travel backwards at quite high speeds while still focusing on their chattering erudite subjects.
Well, the fifth instalment came out last Monday. Since I was busy, I couldn't do the groupie thing and be there at opening time, and had to wait until Tuesday to finally catch up with the West Wing timeline. I kept Season 6 on a bunch of videotapes until I fully caught up - don't tell those scaremongers from the Federation Against Copywright Theft, will you?
I cannot tell you how much I like this show. And before you say it, no, it's not just because they chose to portray a Democrat as president. If you have followed the story, it doesn't exactly make Jed Bartlett out to be God's gift to American politics. If you are going to do a drama based on the White House, you have to pick one side, and since liberals are reputed to own the media, I guess it had to be the true-blue donkeys that won the day in that debate.